United Nations declares June 21 as 'World Yoga Day'

The United Nations has decided to name June 21 as the World Yoga Day. The decision was taken Thursday.

PM Narendra Modi meets EU chief, Cameron

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met European Union (EU) president Herman Van Rompuy and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron during his bilateral engagements at Brisbane in Australia Friday.

EU boosts Ebola aid for west Africa to 1.0 billion euros

European Union leaders agreed on Friday to boost aid to combat the deadly Ebola virus in west Africa to one billion euros, EU president Herman Van Rompuy said.

EU may scrap new Russia sanctions if peace plan holds

The European Union has agreed to introduce new sanctions against Russia on Friday targeting oil and defence firms, but could lift them if a Ukraine ceasefire holds, EU head Herman Van Rompuy said.

EU sanctions Russia despite new Putin-Poroshenko peace push

The European Union formally adopted a package of new sanctions against Russia on Monday, but said their entry into force would be delayed to leave time to assess whether a ceasefire in Ukraine is holding.

EU ready to 'review' sanctions on Russia if ceasefire holds: President
EU ready to 'review' sanctions on Russia if ceasefire holds: President

Brussels is "ready to review" new sanctions it plans to impose on Russia next week if a truce between pro-Moscow rebels and Kiev holds, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Sunday.

New summit set for July 16 to fill key EU posts: EU

EU leaders agreed to meet for an extraordinary summit on July 16 to decide how to fill key posts, the European Union said on Friday.

New EU leader picked despite British opposition

European Union leaders have chosen former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker to become the 28-nation bloc`s new chief executive, according to a top official.

British PM to meet van Rompuy over Juncker row

David Cameron will meet EU President Herman van Rompuy Monday as the British prime minister battles to stop Jean-Claude Juncker from becoming head of the European Commission, Downing Street said Friday.

Russia must stop support to Ukraine separatists: EU`s Van Rompuy

Russia must stop support from its territory to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the chairman of European Union leaders Herman Van Rompuy said on Saturday after a Ukrainian military plane was downed by the separatists, killing 49.

EU head Van Rompuy to visit Kiev Monday: Official

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy will visit Kiev on Monday in a gesture of support ahead of key May 25 presidential elections, a statement said.

France, Germany discuss situation in Ukraine

French President Francois Hollande held phone talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy over the situation in Ukraine, the president`s office said.

G7 in Brussels to replace G8 summit in Sochi: Van Rompuy

G7 leaders on Monday decided to exclude Russia from the next summit of richest nations as punishment for absorbing Crimea, European President Herman van Rompuy said.

Leaders plan Brussels G7 in June instead of G8 in Sochi-source

World leaders have agreed to hold a G7 summit in Brussels in June instead of attending a G8 meeting with Russia in Sochi, a French diplomatic source told Reuters on Monday.

‘EU President to be paid more than Obama’

The new President of the European Council will earn more than what American President Barack Obama is paid.

New era for EU as Van Rompuy, Ashton take up top jobs

The EU`s first president Herman Van Rompuy takes office on Tuesday, along with foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, hoping to boost Europe`s global standing amid criticism of the low-profile pairing.

Surprise EU foreign chief shrugs off criticism

Baroness Catherine Ashton one of the two newly-appointed figures to the EU`s top jobs has hit back at criticism of her not having enough experience for the assigned post.

Belgian tipped for EU post; Miliband may decline

Belgian leader Herman Van Rompuy and Britain`s David Miliband have emerged as the front-runners for two top jobs in the European Union, but the British minister has distanced himself from the post of foreign policy chief.